My Life’s Mottos

motto: a short sentence or phrase that expresses a rule guiding the behavior of a particular person or group

You’ve got to have a motto in life. Mine have manifested themselves to me over my lifetime. They were not forced, I did not seek them out, they came to me through time and experiences- and they stayed. They’ve followed me everywhere. I currently have 3, I don’t know how many I’ll have on the day I die (hopefully a long time from now). I’m not looking to gain anymore, but if more present themselves to me, I’ll accept them into my world.

“I will not die an unlived life”

I love this poem which I discovered around 1999 while I was facing the reality of my mother’s (at the time impending) death from demon cancer. This poem was a game-changer in the way I’d forever continue on in my days on this earth.

“I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible;
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing, 
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.”

― Dawna MarkovaI Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion


“I’d Rather Do Stuff Than Have Stuff”

This is something I decided on many years ago. I can’t pinpoint an exact time when this came to me, I slowly evolved into it.  I do discuss some insight into it in this blog post.  It does sum up my life in a great way, and helps me in some purchase-making decisions, similar to “is this a want or a need?” 


And the latest addition to my Life’s Motto list: This recently came to me after a trip to Canada (Feb 2016). When asked the question, what are your hobbies? I knew as soon as the words came out of my mouth that it would be a part of who I am from here on out.

“I Collect Stamps (in my passport)


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  1. Pingback: Ode to Mom | My Island Life

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